The Foundation of the Modern Presidency

President Nixon instituted a number of structural changes to the White House staff, which enabled him and his successors to better run the Executive Branch. His accomplishments have led him to be characterized as an Architectural President and have laid the foundation for the modern presidency.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB)-Part II

May 22, 2014

The early challenges faced by presidential appointees to the newly created OMB (May 22, 2014, Hoover Institution at Stanford University) Title: Richard Nixon as Architectural President Links: Nixon Foundation: […]


The National Security Council (NSC)

May 12, 2014

The changes to the functioning of the NSC under Henry Kissinger, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. (May 12, 2014, National Archives, Washington, D.C.) Title: The Transformation of […]


The Ash Council

January 29, 2014

The creation of the Ash Council and its recommendations for reorganizing the Executive Office of the President (January 29, 2014, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA). Title: The Ash Council […]


Nixon’s Supreme Court Appointments – Part II

November 13, 2012

The selection, qualification, confirmation and formation of the Supreme Court from Chief Justices Warren through Rehnquist (November 13, 2012, National Archives, Washington, DC) Title: Nixon to Reagan: Reshaping the Supreme […]


The Presidential Appointment Process

June 8, 2012

The changes to the recruitment process for presidential appointees (June 8, 2012, National Archives, Washington, DC) Title: Nixon’s Recruits: The Professionalization of the Executive Branch Links: Nixon Library: Nixon […]


The First Lady

April 5, 2012

Pat Nixon’s role as First Lady (April 5, 2012, National Archives, Washington, DC) Title: First Lady Pat Nixon, Ambassador of Goodwill Links: Nixon Library: Nixon Foundation: C-Span: […]


Nixon’s Supreme Court Appointments, Part I

November 17, 2011

The impact and legacy of Nixon’s Supreme Court appointments, especially the transition from the Earl Warren Court to the Bill Rehnquist Court. (November 17, 2011, National Archives, Washington, DC) Title: […]


The President’s Speechwriters

April 18, 2011

President Nixon’s use and interaction with his speechwriters (April 18, 2011, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC) Title: Writing for 37: White House Speechwriters Remember […]